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Postgraduate research

The School of Computer Science provides a number of fully funded PhD Studentships for UK, EU, and overseas students per year.

Specialise in one of our internationally recognised research areas, work with exceptional computing resources equipment and high-calibre staff. Visit our research pages to find out about research groups and projects.

The deadline for applications for the PhD studentships was 13 March. We anticipate the shortlisting and interviewing process to be conducted in April.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree or a master's degree, in a relevant scientific or technical discipline, such as computer science or mathematics. Degree-level mathematics (or equivalent) is required for research in some project areas.

English language requirements

You will also need to show that you have met the university English-language requirements. Details on the application process are available in the application guidelines page. After preparing your application, you can submit it using online application system, which you can access by visiting the course page and selecting Apply now.

There are four entry points to the PhD course. You can submit your application at anytime during the year and indicate when you wish to start your course. Please refer to the PhD studentships and projects page for deadlines on specific scholarship opportunities.

Entry points

Entry Point

Deadline for Application


31 May


31 August


30 November


28 February

Applications are formally processed by the School only when the full paperwork has been received and processed by Cardiff University registry. We strongly advise you to find out more information about:

Cardiff University has an equal opportunities policy and encourages applications from people with disabilities. You are invited to declare your disability to our PhD admissions tutor at in order to discuss early on suitable arrangements for your PhD studies. Please also see the university policy on equality and diversity.

Finding a potential supervisor

You should identify a prospective supervisor and contact them if you see that their interests match the research that you want to do. It is better if you propose something concrete and specific. Please look at the research pages for an overview of the research interests of our academic and research staff.  You can also find out about the research interests of staff in the School by visiting our staff pages.

Write their name in your application after discussing the PhD topic with them. It is important that you discuss your proposal with them in the first instance and don't just provide their name.

Please note that we will normally consider your application only after you have formally applied, and your application has been received by the School.

Funded studentships

Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics offers several competitive studentships every year. Funding normally covers an annual stipend at the UKRI rate, as well as postgraduate tuition fees at the Home rate.  A small number of international scholarships are also available.

You can search for PhD studentships on the university web pages, as well as on the FindaPhD website.

The deadline for applications for the PhD studentships 2024 is 6 May 2024. We anticipate the shortlisting and interviewing process to be conducted in June 2024.


After you submit an application you may be invited for an interview. Interviews are normally held via Skype.
The interview typically involves giving a presentation about one of your past projects or discussing papers that you have been asked to read by your potential supervisor. The interview is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the potential supervisor research interests and his/her team. Some questions you may like to ask to your potential supervisor include (but are not limited to):

  • would I be working mostly individually or as a member of a team
  • what projects your team is working on now
  • how do you interact with your research students - e.g. whether meetings are ad hoc, at regular times, one-to one, or group meetings


If you have any queries, please contact us.

Computer Science postgraduate research